Tobacco Free Hancock County
In Hancock County, addiction is one of the most pressing health issues for our residents. Healthy365 is here to help you find solutions to quit smoking or using other tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes or vaping. When you overcome your addiction to tobacco products, you’ll find both immediate and long-term health benefits. Our knowledgeable Tobacco Cessation Coordinator and Navigators can work with you to find the best resources for your needs.
CREATING A QUITTING STRATEGY
Deciding to quit smoking is a big first step, and you may need help to create a plan for your quitting journey. Healthy365 can support your quitting strategy with the following tips.
TIPS TO QUIT SMOKING
- Your reason for quitting. Are you quitting for someone in your life? For your health? To look and feel younger? Writing down your reason and keeping it in a prominent place can help you keep going even when things are hard.
- See your doctor. Your doctor may recommend classes, apps, counseling, medication, or other methods that make breaking your addiction easier. If you need help joining a local practice, the Healthy365 team can work with you to find the best fit.
- Consider nicotine replacement. If nicotine withdrawal symptoms have troubled you in the past, consider a replacement, like nicotine gum or a nicotine patch, to help lessen the physical impact.
- Build your support system. If you’re trying to quit, you’ll need friends and family on your side. Come up with a list of people—preferably those who are tobacco-free themselves—who can help you out. Your Healthy365 navigators can support you in this journey as well!
- Know your triggers. What makes you want to smoke? Is it alcohol? Coffee? Times of day? Know the things that make you want to smoke and then plan to avoid them.
- Make plans to stay active. If you don’t already have a fitness routine in place, now’s a good time to start one. The Healthy365 team would love to help create a fitness routine that is right for you. Exercise reduces urges, eases withdrawal symptoms, and helps offset the weight gain you may experience as your appetite returns to normal.
- Learn how to eat healthy. Don’t try to diet while you’re quitting; take things one step at a time. Instead, plan to eat well and eat healthily. Try new recipes and new foods. It’s a perfect time, as your senses of taste and smell become sharper after you quit.
- Plan a reward. Quitting is an accomplishment well worth rewarding, and since you’re spending a lot less on tobacco, you’ll have a little extra to splurge with. Decide what that will be and use the reminder to get over the rough spots.
- Don’t give up. Decide ahead of time that you’re going to keep at it. If you slip, get right back at it. And remember, you can always contact the Healthy365 team for free resources to help you quit your addiction.
Hancock County Commit To Quit Classes
Hancock County Commit To Quit classes are for adults who want to conquer their addiction to nicotine and tobacco products. Research shows that one successful way to quit is to combine cessation classes along with support from your healthcare provider, who can help advise you about medications that may help with your tobacco cessation efforts!
Trained instructors offer this program every other month and classes meet once a week for four weeks. Best of all, the classes are free of charge! You will learn what it takes to be tobacco-free! Participants must attend each session.
To register for Commit To Quit or for more information, contact Brandee Bastin by calling (317) 468.4162, or by e-mailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also register online by visiting www.hancockregionalhospital.org/wellness-education/classes.
LOCAL AND ONLINE RESOURCES TO HELP YOU QUIT
ancock County Tobacco Free Coalition: Works to build a healthier community through the prevention and cessation of tobacco use and vaping in Hancock County. Top priorities include, building strong community and statewide partnerships, decrease youth and adult smoking/vaping rates, increase youth activism, and have a positive impact smoke-free air policy. Initiatives of the Tobacco Free Coalition include VOICE/youth activism, Great American Smokeout , Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action , and education/advocacy. To learn more about the Coalition or to get involved, contact Brandee Bastin at email@example.com.
FREE Commit to Quit Course: Hancock Health offers a four-week smoking cessation course, with a new course beginning every few months.
FREE Indiana Tobacco Quitline: Challenge yourself to go tobacco-free for 30 days with the help of the Indiana Tobacco Quitline. Call (800) QUIT-NOW to get started or Text READY to 200-400” to the Indiana Quitline Resource.
Stay Away From Tobacco: The American Cancer Society offers online resources for those trying to quit, and for parents and communities like ours hoping to keep new smokers from starting.
SmokeFree.gov: Quitting is a journey, and this site offers tools, tips, and social media connections to help along the way and strengthen your determination.